California just continues to plow new territory in employment law and business mandates. Most recently, Governor Gavin Newsom, who pundits believe is positioning himself for a possible 2024 run for President, on Tuesday signed into law SB 1162, which will require California employers with 15 or more workers to include pay ranges in all job postings. Furthermore, the law also requires those with 100 or more employees to report median and mean hourly pay rates by job category and “each combination of race, ethnicity, and sex.” In addition, under the law’s provisions, employers will now be required to maintain a job title and wage rate history for each employee for the duration of their employment plus three years after termination of employment. Other legislative initiatives winning the signature of the governor include an expansion of union organizing rights for farmworkers which allows migrant workers to authorize union representation merely by signing a union card. The governor initially refused to support the bill until pressure was brought to bear by President Biden and his administration. Still pending before Newsom is legislation that would allow for a tax credit for the payment of union dues as well as another proposal that would allow workers to leave work without penalty in the event there was either conditions of disaster or extreme peril to the safety of persons at the workplace caused by natural forces or a criminal act, or an order to evacuate a workplace, worker’s home or the school of a worker’s child due to a natural disaster or a criminal act. Such “emergency condition” does not include a health pandemic. More to come. . .